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Leaseholder Charged

Hartsville Board Member Charged With Welfare Fraud

Sheriff's Department says Philip and Michele Herrnacker illegally got $62,000 in benefits.

Michelle Herrnecker, a member of the Hartsville town board, has been accused of getting welfare benefits illegally. She and her husband got a combined total of $62,000 according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

Mrs. Herrnecker has been charged with two felony counts - offering a false instrument and 3rd degree welfare fraud. Her husband, Philip allegedly received $24,000 of benefits while Michele got a total of $38,000.

Both were arraigned before Town of Canisteo Judge Gary Forshee and released in their own recognizance for appearance at a later day.The Steuben County District Attorney’s office assisted the Sheriff’s office in the investigation.

If convicted, Mrs. Herrnecker will not be allowed to hold office in Hartsville.

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